The Utah Taxpayers' Association should change its name to the "Utah
Corporations' Association." they don't represent the average tax payer in
anything when it comes to the Utah Legislature.
These individuals represent many thousands of "ordinary, common people like
you and me." This is the way our republic operates - and Utah is a unique
state wherein if you want to make a difference as an individual, you can
actually spend the time, meet the players in the legislature, and they will
listen. Of course, if you want to change something, you have to find a
constituency, organize them, get the message out, and do lots of
"grassroots" work.We took the 7-10th graders from our
schools to the legislature (as we do each year) and some of the people mentioned
in this article came and spoke to them and taught them how the process works.
Several legislators also came and spoke to them, and then the students attended
committee meetings, floor debates and watched voting take place. If
more citizens took the time to learn how the process works, they would realize
it really does work, beautifully. It is easy to blame everyone and say the
process is corrupt - but it is the best in the world, and will improve even more
as we educate our children (and ourselves) and participate in the process.
You forgot the outfit with the big buildngs downtown that always seems to get
first crack at any DABC changes. I suspect they have a metaphorical red phone to
WOW, most of the innovation is happening in charter schools??? Really?? Clearly
the authors have not set foot in our traditional public schools recently.
An absolutely frightening article.Especially so because there is, of
course, no mention of ordinary, common people like you and me.I
sincerely hope that when weather warms up, we will be able to resurrect the
Occupy Movement. It's long past time for ordinary Americans to at least try to
take our nation back.